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Biathlon takes Olympics to its roots

Updated: February 16, 2006, 7:03 PM ET
By Brian Church | Special to ESPN.com

"The further from Torino, the better the Winter Games." Discuss.

That's my Olympic Ph.D. thesis. The streets of Torino are still quiet, though international pop stars Duran Duran did their best Wednesday with a city center concert.

Some 24 hours ago, I curled. Thursday, it was a trip to the women's biathlon 7.5-kilometer sprint at Cesana San Sicario, not to be confused with Sicario San Cesena. It's a great venue in the Alps (or some whopper of a mountain -- geography's ...

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